Today being the 1st day of December in the joeys room we decided to start Christmas craft. I asked the children if they would like to do craft and Nyiel said "yes". So I went and gathered up the resources that were needed to do the craft. I took them out to the table and the children gathered around. Nyiel, Pippa, Jude all sat down first to have a turn. The children had a choice of different shape cardboard cutouts such as a Santa, Elf, Star, Christmas tree, Bell and a Christmas stocking. Each of the children chose a shape and in explained to the children that they needed to get the glue and then they can glue some collage material on their shape. I talked to the children about what day was coming up and asked the children did they know they all just looked and said nothing I said" Christmas".
I asked the children what they wanted from Santa " Nyiel and Jude said" toys" The children chose glittery stars and sequins and foam shapes to glue onto their shapes. Pippa chose to glue on the glittery stars and she carefully placed them on her Christmas tree in a pattern. After the three children were finished then Hunter, Blake and Everleigh had their turn they chose their Christmas shape then they stated to put glue on their shape and then started to glue sequins and foam shapes on as they were gluing things on Blake said" look a fluffy ball" they continued gluing things on until they had finished next Elya, Hunter, Mun, Pilar, Nathan and Huda had a turn they all chose a shape and the Nathan, Hunter and Elya all needed help to put the glue onto their shape and then we placed a little pile of things in front of them and encouraged them to put them onto their shape they were able to do this easy, Huda and Mun were a bit more precise in where they placed their collage pieces. all children continued gluing things onto their shape until they were finished.
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Outcomes: 4: Children are confident and involved learners Elements: 4.1 Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity. The activity developed creativity and cooperation within the children because they had to share resources.
Maria Montessori believed If children are guided with love they will learn on their own. Children are given hands-on learning opportunities. Encourage independence - let the child choose
Critical reflection. As the educator I was able to guide and scaffold the children's learning in this activity because I was able to show them how to use the glue brush and also talked about what we were doing the craft for. I was also able to encourage the children's language skills by asking them questions and giving them opportunities to answer. This was a great activity for the children as it promoted the use of their fine motor skills. It also promoted sharing between the children as we had one container with the collage pieces in. Follow up: Continue with Christmas craft